The Ennis Book Club Festival is a wonderful social and literary gathering bringing together book club members and readers from all over Ireland and beyond. The festival includes author readings, discussions, workshops and walking tours through the narrow streets and lanes of Ennis. See www.ennisbookclubfestival.com for further information and to view the programme.
FRIDAY 6th MARCH
Billy O'Callaghan asks 'What makes Great Writing Great?'
Temple Gate Hotel, 3.30pm - 4pm, Free event
A reading by Ying Tai Chang
Temple Gate Hotel, 4pm - 4.30pm, Free event
Launch of Frank Golden thriller, The Night Game
Temple Gate Hotel, 4.45pm, Free event
Ennis Book Club Festival launch and exhibition opening by RTÉ presenter and author, Evelyn O'Rourke
glór, 6.30pm, Free event
glór, 8pm, €16/€14 conc.
SATURDAY 7th MARCH
Books 'n Buns – a literary quiz over a cuppa
Rowan Tree Café, 9am - 11am, €10/€8 conc.
Denis Sampson - reads from A Migrant Heart
Temple Gate Hotel, 10am - 11am, €10/€8 conc.
10 Books You Should Read with Joseph O Connor and Evelyn O'Rourke
glór, 11.30am - 1pm, €12/€10 conc.
Walking tour of Ennis
Clare Museum, 11.30am, €8
John Grenham asks 'Whatever happened to family history?'
Old Ground Hotel, 11.30am - 1pm, €10/€8 conc.
Literary Lunch in the company of three of Ireland's favourite poets, Peter Fallon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Michael Coady
Temple Gate Hotel, 1.15pm - 2.45pm, €15
Ones to Watch - Evelyn O'Rourke in conversation with Colin Barrett, Sara Baume and Nuala Ní Chonchúir
glór, 3pm, €12/€10 conc.
Michael Smith reads and discusses Shackleton – By Endurance We Conquer
Old Ground Hotel, 3pm - 4.15pm, €12/€10 conc.
Clare Youth Theatre present Waiting for Godot
glór, 4pm - 4.30pm, €10/€8 conc.
Niall Williams and Mary Costello read and discuss their work
glór, 4.30pm - 5.30pm, €12/€10 conc.
Blues & Books - browse an eclectic array of new and second-hand books accompanied by live music by Paulo Cerato and Trevor Hansbury.
Tea & coffee served
Scéal Eile Books, 6pm 'til late, Free event
It's A Crime: Paul Carson and Val McDermid - readings and interview with Seán Rocks, Presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena
glór, 8pm, €18/€15 conc.
Old Ground Hotel, 10.30pm, Free event
SUNDAY 8th MARCH
Sunday Symposium: Politics and Pathology – life inside the political tent with former government minister and PD leader Des O'Malley, DCU’s Dr Gary Murphy, RTÉ's Katie Hannon and The Examiner's Mick Clifford chaired by Caimin Jones
glór, 10am, €15
Clare Voices - Readings by The Poetry Collective and Inis Creative Writer's Group
Old Ground Hotel, 12.15pm, Free event
Walking tour of Ennis with Jane O'Brien
glór, 12.15pm, €8
The Daughterhood - Literary Lunch
Old Ground Hotel, 1.15pm, €18
Scéal Eile Books together with award-winning bilingual poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa host a reading by the 10 Clare poets (aged 12-15 years) who were recently shortlisted in the Sceal Eile Books' Comortas Filiochta.
The event will be streamed live online.
Scéal Eile Books, 3pm, Free event